Starc confident 'underdogs' Oz will prove doubters wrong in Ashes

Sydney, May 3 (ANI): Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has said that his team is determined to prove their doubters wrong in the upcoming Ashes series in England, although he added that they will willingly embrace their underdog tag.

Starc, who was named in Australia's squads for both the Ashes and the Champions Trophy one-day series, made the statement following English taunts that this is the weakest Australian Ashes side ever sent to do battle, News.com.au reports.

Dismissing the suggestions, Starc said that their arch-rivals must be quite confident about winning the Ashes, which is evident from their statements, although he added that even if the Australians are going in as underdogs, they are confident of clean-sweeping the series and taking back the urn.

Starc, who left Australia's tour of India early to have surgery on his left ankle, has not bowled a ball since, although he said that his recovery is on track along with bowling practice and he will be fit to play in the ICC Champions Trophy next month.

Hoping to bowl successfully in the next few weeks, the tall left-armer said that he has been working out at the gym to keep himself fit, adding that although he is taking an aggressive approach to his recovery, he is confident of holding up.

Dismissing suggestions that he could be in line to compete for an all-rounder spot, Starc, who has a healthy average of 32.70 and a high score of 99, said that every bowler likes to work on their batting and take pride in scoring runs at the end of a game. (ANI)